The FCC's Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) advises, makes recommendations to, or acts for the Commission under delegated authority, in all matters pertaining to public safety, homeland security, national security, emergency management and preparedness, disaster management, and ancillary operations. PSHSB develops, recommends, and administers the agency's policies and rules to advance the security and reliability of the nation's communications infrastructure as well as its public safety and emergency response capabilities. This includes issues related to:
- 911, E911, and NG911, including location accuracy and text-to-911;
- Public safety communications;
- Public safety spectrum management and interference resolution;
- Priority emergency communications;
- National security and emergency preparedness communications (NS/EP);
- Public alerts and warnings;
- Continuity of government operations (COG) and Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning;
- Disaster management coordination (i.e., infrastructure reporting and analysis in times of disaster);
- Disaster management outreach;
- Communications infrastructure protection;
- Network reliability, resiliency and interoperability.
PSHSB is organized with the three divisions: the Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division, the Operations and Emergency Management Division, and the Policy and Licensing Division. In addition, the Office of the Bureau Chief, which includes senior leadership and management staff, provides general leadership and direction to the Bureau as it carries out its functions.
Specific responsibilities of PSHSB are contained in section 0.191 of the Commission's rules, and its delegations of authority are contained in section 0.392 of the Commission's rules.
The Bureau Chief, or that person's designee, acts as Alternate FCC Homeland Security and Defense Coordinator and principal to the National Security/Emergency Preparedness Communications Executive Committee